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Cynthia E. Griffin

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Local elections

Bond measures, mayor’s seat up for grabs

While voters prepare to go to the polls on Nov. 4 to decide on state-wide measures, there are also a number of local measures and races to decide as well.

Four seek Senate seat

Would replace Rod Wright

Three democrats and one republican have thrown their hats into the ring seeking to fill the unexpired state senate term of Rod Wright.

Black biz expo president Harold Hambrick dies

Focused on connecting Black businesses and consumers

Harold E. Hambrick was a visionary, and he was an expert at inspiring others to connect with his goals. In fact, during what turned out to be the last two weeks of his life, a friend said the Louisiana native was in the midst of planning something—potentially taking the Watts Village Theater to a new home at the Watts Coffee House. But, he died of a heart attack before that dream could become reality.

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Judge orders reprieve for Jefferson High students

Lawyers consider more legal action

The situation at Jefferson High School was an emergency.

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Black biz expo founder Harold Hambrick dies

Focused on connecting Black businesses and consumers

Harold E. Hambrick was a visionary, and he was an expert at inspiring others to connect with his goals. In fact, during what turned out to be the last two weeks of his life, a friend said the Louisiana native was in the midst of planning something—potentially taking the Watts Village Theater to a new home at the Watts Coffee House. But, he died of a heart attack before that dream could become reality.

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Could you have sickle cell disease?

Sickle cell disease is a group of disorders that affects hemoglobin, the molecule that delivers oxygen to blood cells throughout the body.

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Unemployment continues to inch down

High tech jobs increase in L.A.

With the total nonfarm payroll employment increasing by 248,000 jobs in September, the national unemployment rate continues to drop—this time by .02 of a percent to 5.9— down from 6.1 percent. And while the rate for Blacks dropped as well from 11.4 to 11 percent for adults 20 and older, and from 32.8 percent down to 30.5 percent for 16 to 19 year olds, the news still remains dismal for people of African descent.

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Geoffrey Holder dies at 84

Dance legend stood tall in the world of entertainment

With his trademark lyrical bass laugh that seemed as deep as he was tall (6 feet, 6 inches), Trinidadian actor, dancer, choreographer, painter, costume designer and vocal artist Geoffrey Holder made his mark during nearly six decades in the entertainment industry.

NAACP battles racial profiling

New report details fight, repercussions and recommendations

The NAACP, following up on its anti-racial profiling work in New York and around the nation, last month released what it is calling a groundbreaking report that details laws, cases and makes a set of recommendations geared toward eliminating the practice among law enforcement.

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Breast Cancer

Education and early detection key to improving outcomes

Hear the word cancer from your medical practitioner, and thoughts of death are likely to start haunting you.

Compton schools win national recognition

Tibby and Jefferson elementary receive National Blue Ribbon Award

Tibby and Thomas Jefferson elementary schools in the Compton Unified School District were recently recognized by United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools. The two local campuses are among 337 schools in 47 states—287 public (traditional, charter, choice, and magnet) schools and 50 private schools—announced Wednesday.

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Breast Cancer

Education and early detection key to improving outcomes

Hear the word cancer from your medical practitioner, and thoughts of death are likely to start haunting you.

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Candidates line up to run for open Senate seat

Hall, Bradford post key endorsements

Despite the fact that Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday announced a special election on Feb. 10 to fill the 35th District seat vacated when Rod Wright was convicted and sentenced to jail time for voter fraud, at least two people have publicly indicated that they intend to run for the two years left on the term—Assemblyman Steven Bradford and Assemblyman Isadore Hall.

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More Black students pass exit exam

But full picture causes concern

According to data reported by California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, 92.2 percent of Black students had passed the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) by the 12th grade, up slightly from the 91.8 percent figure posted by the Class of 2013.

Children’s Defense Fund welcomes new director

Alex Johnson will use policies and programs to improve children’s lives

Former L.A. School Board candidate Alex Johnson is embarking on the next step in his journey to improve the lives of children in California.

Gun policy discussed

Community weighs in on Compton school board decision

Despite a refusal by school officials to allow a meeting to be held at Compton’s Roosevelt Middle School, a quartet of elected representatives (Congresswoman Janice Hahn, Mayor Aja Brown, City Rep. Yvonne Arceneaux and school board member Emma Sharif) convened a meeting in Compton this weekend to give residents an opportunity to voice their opinions about a new assault rifle policy adopted unanimously by the board of education in July.

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Bill gives all workers sick days

At least three days are guaranteed

Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed legislation that guarantees paid sick leave for all private-sector workers across every industry in the state.

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Black unemployment remains unchanged

Locally, hotel jobs may offer relief

For the second month in a row, the unemployment rate of Blacks has remained steady at 11.4 percent, which is just a little less than double the national rate of 6.1 percent for August.

Black lawyers seek police info

Targets 25 cities for misconduct data

Los Angeles is one of 25 cities that the National Bar Association (NBA) has announced it will send open records requests in an effort to end the nationwide police misconduct and brutality cases that result in the deaths of unarmed individuals.

Metro fares to increase

Meeting will update rail extension

Beginning Sept. 15, fares will increase on Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) busses and trains.

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Uganda ‘Road Show’ arrives in L.A.

Tourism focus of meeting

People interested in doing business with Uganda have an opportunity to meet face-to-face with representatives of the nation’s tourism industry when the group comes to Los Angeles Sept. 2 for a reception from 6-9 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton, 1985 E. Grand Ave., El Segundo.

Citizens ask Compton school board to review gun policy

Compton latest city to allow officers to carry ‘patrol rifles’

The Compton Branch of the NAACP and Mayor Aja Brown have asked the Compton Unified School District (CUSD) to “rescind” and “reconsider” a decision the board made during a July 8 meeting to allow selected officers on the school police force to carry high-powered AR15 rifles.

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Alex Johnson nominated for county post

Awaits nod to take on next educational challenge

A little more than a week after suffering a defeat at the polls to win a seat on the Los Angeles Board of Education, Alex Johnson is headed for a slot on a board that actually oversees the actions of the school district as well as nine others.

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Teen tech teams vie for seed funding

10 teams compete in Demo Day

The excitement was palpable. As each of the shirt-and-tie clad young men walked up to the front of the Frank Salvatori Auditorium at USC to start their presentation, it was obvious that what they were doing was vitally important not only to them, but to the more than 100 family and friends who crowded into to the event to support and cheer them on. In fact, one mom called out “that’s my baby,” when her son’s team was introduced eliciting laughter and a smattering of applause.

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California schools move into Common Core

New approach emphasizes more than getting the answer

With school starting around the region, parents need to know about a critical change that is being launched full scale at public schools in Los Angeles County.

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Commitments target women and girls at African Leaders Summit

Obama, Bush hosted spouses

While President Obama met with various African leaders Aug.4-6, first lady Michelle Obama joined forces with former first lady Laura Bush, the George W. Bush Institute and the United States Department of State for a day-long symposium for the 30 first spouses of the leaders as well as non-government and non-profit leaders, private sector partners and others.

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Africa summit highlights business opportunities

President pushes U.S.-African diaspora to get involved in international trade

During the largest gathering of African leaders that any American head of state has ever hosted, President Barack Obama on Tuesday talked about a number of initiatives that the United States and its global partners are engaged in to help the continent develop.

Africa summit highlights business opportunities

President pushes U.S. African diaspora to get involved in international trade

During the largest gathering of African leaders that any American head of state has ever hosted, President Barack Obama Tuesday talked about a number of initiatives that the United States and its global partners are engaged in to help the continent develop.

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Blacks, youth continue the hunt for jobs

July unemployment figures edge up

Although the national unemployment rate of 6.2 percent is up just a smidgen from the 6.1 percentage in June, Blacks did not fare so well as the rest of the country. In July, the percentage of African Americans looking for work crept up to 11.4 percent, an increase from 10.7 percent last month. This figure is edging back up to the 11.5 percent of Blacks unemployed in May. Overall, the change is little better than the 12.6 percent rate of one year ago.

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Urban teens set to pitch their tech companies

Demo day to be held at USC

URBAN Teens eXploring Technology (TxT) will cap off its 15-week summer program with a free demostrationscheduled Aug 2. from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at USC in Salvatori Computer Science Center Room 101, at 941 Bloom Walk, Los Angeles.

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Skyy Fisher will not resign

Compton official says he is not guilty

Despite protesters Monday once again calling for controversial Compton School Board member Skyy Fisher, 31, to step down from his office as a trustee of the Compton Unified School District, his spokesperson, Jasmyne Cannick, said that the elected official intends to plead not guilty at his incoming arraignment. Additionally, he does not intend to resign, because that would be “jumping the gun,” and Fisher believes he is not guilty of the accusations.

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President signs job training bill

Biden announces overhaul of workforce system

President Barack Obama Tuesday signed bipartisan, bicameral legislation to overhaul America’s job training programs while at the same time Vice President Joe Biden released a report that details how the administration is planning to revamp the federal training programs.

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House committee discusses suing president

Two experts veto idea

Two of three constitutional law experts testifying before the House Rules Committee on July 16 said essentially that the House of Representatives led by Speaker John Boehner has no grounds to sue President Barack Obama for his alleged “failure to act in a manner consistent with his duties under the Constitution and laws of the United States with respect to implementation of (including failure to implement) any provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and title I and subtitle B of title II of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

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How to grow internationally

Local businesses can learn key tips, resources

The United States Department of Commerce has created websites designed to help Americans do business in Africa and has begun an initiative to tap into the Latin American markets.

Tackling the tech world

#YesWeCode connects minorities, women to Silicon Valley

It may be extremely difficult and perhaps even impossible, as CNN News found out in 2011, to get the data on just how many minorities and women work at Silicon Valley’s top tech companies. But there’s one thing evident, the number is definitely not enough.

Weekend confab connects Blacks in technology

Urban Tech Weekend planned in Houston

After working 16 years in the technology industry, Andrew West has come to realize something critical—the digital divide is a global problem that must be addressed locally. And that is a large part of the motivation that helped him and the National Black Information Technology Leadership Organization (NBITLO) create a three-day event designed to cast a spotlight on Blacks in technology.

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Rally planned to protest CHP actions

Woman seen in video held in hospital

Community activists intend to hold a rally Saturday at noon in Leimert Park to protest “police brutality” in the wake of a widely televised beating involving a woman allegedly walking barefoot on the Santa Monica Freeway (10) on July 1.

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Budding entrepreneurs match wits

NFTE business plan competition targets youth

Students from around the county will participate in the Los Angeles BizCamp Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge July 18, beginning at 9 a.m., and the top three students will split $2,250 in prize money to use to help with their education or launch a business.

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Minority firms to be recognized

Receptions honors three companies

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center in Los Angeles will host its 19th annual awards reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. this evening at the City Club.

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HIV testing should be part of the dialog

National effort encourages knowing your status

Friday is National HIV/AIDS testing day and what better time to quickly review your HIV IQ.

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LAUSD targets young men of color

Strategies help teachers, students and parents

“Stop doing everything for us; let us struggle some.”

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Administration eases student-loan debt

Caps repayment at 10 percent of income

According to a report released last week, “Taking Action: Higher Education and Student Debt,” California has more people with federal student debt than any other state in the nation—just over 4 million student loans valued at $103.42 million. Many of these college graduates are struggling to balance their current living needs with repaying this debt.

Mayor details strategies for economic development

Calls South L.A. the ‘heart’ of the city

Vowing to ensure that the future of economic development in Los Angeles comes to South L.A. and not through it, Mayor Eric Garcetti Tuesday laid out plans he said will help preserve and bring business to the community.

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Making sweet sounds of music

Local programs nurture next generation of musicians

When Hannah Innis was in second grade her parents, Rodney and Karen, asked her public school if she could join the orchestra. To their disappointment, they found out that the earliest their talented cellist could be part of the orchestra was third grade. This experience reminded the Los Angeles couple that the public school music programs at their childrens’ schools were not very aggressive.

Garcetti to speak at upcoming meeting

Chamber to pose questions for mayor

Mayor Eric Garcetti will be the keynote speaker at the June 17 general luncheon membership meeting of the Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce, and the public is invited to ask their questions about business concerns.

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Summer offerings increase at schools

School is out and selected students at local public campuses have an opportunity to attend summer session.

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Crenshaw Chambers solicits questions for mayor

Garcetti to speak at upcoming meeting

Mayor Eric Garcetti will be the keynote speaker at the June 17 general luncheon membership meeting of the Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce, and the public is invited to ask their questions about business concerns.

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Maya Angelou succumbs

She was 86

Although she was primarily noted in contemporary times for her poetry, novels and acting, Maya Angelou had a celebrated background in the arts that began when it was difficult for an African American woman to truly count on making a living as a creative artist.

Superintendent of Public Instruction: Addressing needs of educational system

The Superintendent of Public Instruction is responsible for carrying out the rules set by the state Board of Education, as well as those dictated by the education code. The person holding this office is responsible for both public and private schools. The individual also acts as the state’s representative at the federal level, and is charged with addressing the financial and academic needs of students, schools and school districts.

School board chooses special election

Seeks a June 3 date

Despite listening to three hours of testimony from more than 100 speakers, the Los Angeles School Board voted Tuesday to hold a special election to replace member Marguerite LaMotte.

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